a few weeks ago i started my little goal of one week to better blogging, which i really, really enjoyed. i found having a schedule and blogging topic really helped to make me more focused with my blogging, which i had recently been lacking.
my blogging journey started as an extension of my scrapbooking hobby, i started my old blog back in 2006 as a way of showcasing my pages and connecting with other like minded people. i made some lovely online friends and i am glad to say i am still friends with them.
for me blogging is about the people and the stories. i am addicted to blogs because i am absolutely a 'people person'. i love to read about people's lives and thoughts, i love to look at images of their days, whatever they chose to capture and write about in that moment in time. i love to read about people's lives in different countries, their hobbies, their clothes, their children, their animals.
my hobbies shifted a lot when i started my degree in 2008. i found it hard to accomplish all the personal and academic goals i had at once. so scrapbooking took a back seat, my craft supplies were packed away in favour of books and journals. i still continued to document my life with photos but my blogging enthusiasm seemed to disappear with my scrapbooking. i figured that people who read my blog would not be 'interested' in my new non-crafty life. i figured my stories were not worth sharing.... i also set my old URL up using my full name - which i no longer felt comfortable sharing. i had planned to change my blog several times but life got in the way. i also had a bit of an 'blogging identity crisis' i knew that i wanted to document my stories, and i knew that i wanted to use my blog to meet and connect with others but i questioned myself. i guess we have all been there, what is the point of blogging? who wants to read my words etc etc but thankfully i figured i never read other lifestyle or craft blogs that i enjoy and think negative thoughts. quite the opposite the little details are the best! I love it when i discover a new blog, or my favourite blog has a new post, and the reason is the person.
for me, i tend to enjoy blogs when i feel a connection to the person writing it. we may have similar hobbies or goals, or morals. perhaps they just seem to be a fun person or they have a great style of writing. so if i feel that way then hopefully people who read my blog feel a connection and like the fact that I just want to share my stories, much like the blogs i enjoy, of course a regular feature is fun, and a regular schedule, but i am just happy to share my story, really. i love it so much when someone comments on a post, or someone subscribes to my blog simply because it's nice to know other's are enjoying what i have to say.
so i decided to start a new project: blogging for scrapbookers. i have participated in most of shimelle's classes over the years and i always enjoy them. i decided that although i don't regularly scrapbook anymore - it doesn't mean i don't want to document my life, i do want to record the memories, and who knows i may make a new album again one day, but then again i may not, and that is fine with me! i want to focus my blogging, so for the next month or so i will be following the prompts, and i am really excited! i hope that anyone who stops by enjoys it, hopefully it will be an interesting month of blogging.